My mother was always a great inspiration to me, yet another reason why I miss her so much.  But as many of you know who have lost loved ones who are close to you, their voice will always resonate with you and their inspiration is eternal.

My Mother was always full of beauty advice and would say that hair is our most important asset – and that is true.  Hair really is our crowning glory, and if it is right, good hair can add to our confidence and make us feel we can conquer the World.

As a child, my mother would always take me with her when visiting a hair salon.   This was the swinging sixties and as she was then one of the most successful theatrical agents, she frequented the most iconic hairdressers of the time – Leonard, Ricci Burns, Vidal Sassoon to name but a few.

Ricci Burns

The salons were full of celebrities and a truly magical place for a child. I remember telling everyone at school that my hair had cost an entire £2, and no one believed a haircut could be so expensive!!

I always say that I’ve had more husbands than hairdressers but that’s not strictly true!  Only 2 people have cut my hair since I was 14.  The first was Michael Strum from Crimpers in Baker Street. From the moment he first cut my hair in the early 70’s until he died tragically in 2000, I never went anywhere else.  When he died, I was devastated, I had also lost a very good friend and the only person I trusted with cutting my hair.

Then by chance can I found the astonishing Ian Denson – who was working at John Frieda.   At the time he was their top stylist and salon manager and I’ve followed him around London and to many other salons ever since. He has also become a great friend and a mentor to me and many of my friends.

Ian loves long hair and has a knack for making it look thicker and longer each time.   I visit Ian probably four or five times a year for his styling, and really couldn’t live without him.

You can contact Ian at ‘Steven Carey Hair’ 22 Maddox Street, Mayfair, LONDON W1S 1PW.

Steven Carey Hair


As I now live outside London, I do stay closer to home for the colour and a weekly blow dry, so feel that Louise is my secret weapon as I find it hard to style my own hair.  I have a blow dry once or twice a week and colour every three and it’s my lovely Louise that literally brings both me and my hair back to life if I am struggling on both counts.

It is true that a good hairdresser is similar to a therapist and so one guilty pleasure I will never give up are my blow dries or Louise!

Louise has a micro salon in Cobham called ‘Oh So Coco’ and it’s like a dolls house. She entertains only two clients at once which makes me feel pampered and extra special as she does my hair.

Louise looks after me very well, after all, we all need to be pampered.  So, I would encourage you all to seek out your own versions of Ian and Louise if you can’t get into London or Cobham, and don’t be ashamed to have relationships with more than one hairdresser at a time.  After all, sometimes one person can’t give you everything you need to feel complete, and variety is definitely the spice of life as is your hair.

If you’re near Cobham make an appointment to see Louise – it’s difficult to get an appointment but worth the wait!

Louise & Debbie

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Debbie Arnold’s – Celebrity Makeup – It’s In The Bag

Debbie Arnold’s – Celebrity Makeup – It’s In The Bag


Makeup is my passion so I’m always fascinated by what people have in they makeup bags and why!
I’ve asked my friends if they’ll show me theirs so I thought I’d show you mine first!
At present it’s a see through bag from Boots. Travelling a lot I find it easier to be able to see what I’ve got rather
than emptying it out – strange to have got inspiration from the plastic bags at airports!

Note the chewed blusher brush on the right designed by my dogs!

I have an awful lot of stuff on mine so this is in no particular order!!

Charlotte Tilbury film star bronze and glow.  I simply love this product. It’s in a beautiful container and it does what it says
on the compact – makes you bronzed and glowing. A great touch up when you’re out!

Pillowplump lip plump – picked up in BOOTS and love it!

Charlotte Tilbury lipstick that I mix (Penelope Pink) with nivea pearly shine which incidentally I use all the time. I’ve used
it for years and keeps my lips lovely and moisturised.

A chewed blusher brush. It has teeth marks on the handle don’t know how they got there!! It’s  my favourite.
Strangely my dogs like it too! ?

Bourjois volume clubbing mascara in black. Probably the best mascara I’ve ever used. Sadly very difficult to get now
but Amazon still have it!

3 different Charlotte Tilbury lip liners.

Bare minerals bare pro compact. A Fabulous product and you can keep adding to it without it going cakey. A great way
to lightly powder your face.

La Voix lip liner and lip stain – just to die for. I put it on in the evenings when I need to be red!

Max Factor panstick for under my eyes. Best concealer going.- old fashioned and brilliant.

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Francesca Annis – it is all about Flesh and Blood

Francesca Annis – it is all about Flesh and Blood


So much fuss is made of Jane Fonda, Helen Mirren, Goldie Hawn and other famous Hollywood icons – because they’re worth it!  But our very own Francesca Annis looks breath-taking in the new series of ‘Flesh and Blood’.  She looks at least 20 years younger than her years and the first shot of her jogging on the beach with her amazing figure really inspired me. If this is what 75 looks like, then bring it on.

Francesca Annis

It’s amazing how many people have said on Twitter and Facebook that she looks incredible because she hasn’t had any work done on her face. Well I beg to differ. Most ‘natural’ beauties in their 60’s,70’s and 80’s have had considerable work done on their faces. There are so many alternative skin therapies and treatments around, so many celebrities are no longer going ‘under the knife’ with the pressure they are under to look good, but opting for holistic options that they can live with without compromising their beliefs on invasive surgery.

There are older influencers out there who tell us to embrace ageing well, and although I agree that we should celebrate our ages, as it is a privilege to have reached maturity, why not utilise all the support systems in place to look and feel healthy, vibrant and young.  We do so with our health supplements and diet, so why not with the condition of our skin.

Most of us change the colour of our hair, undergo manicures and apply makeup to our faces. All of this is acceptable and even expected!  Many have now ‘come out’ about having treatments, as the majority are far more acceptable than they used to be.

Both Lesley and Aamer Khan, founders of the Harley Street Skin Clinic, are leading experts in the UK and give the best advice on the latest cosmetic beauty treatments and products.

Flesh and Blood Cast

Check them out now and watch out for Podcasts coming soon on under Debbie’s Beauty Spot  on all the treatments that are available at this ground-breaking clinic.   They are both incredibly caring and run the clinic as a ‘family’ environment, with plenty of TLC as well as top drawer beauty therapies.

Adorning the walls of their clinic in Harley Street are pictures of many gorgeous actresses/ presenters with their endorsements. Doesn’t that say it all?

Catch up with Flesh on the ITV hub

Check out the many treatments available at the Harley Streey Skin Clinc

Follow Debbie Arnold on her website



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